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the election you were asked whether if obama won taxes would have to go up. i are acknowledging that they will. >> the day after the election i came here and made it clear that the republicans would put revenue on the table as a way to begin to move the process to get this resolved. >> my question is, what message do you have for people who look at the negotiating position and believe it's inevitable you'll have to accept some compromise on tax. >> revenue is on the table. but revenue was only on the table if there was a serious spending cut as part of this agreement. it has to be part of the agreement. we have a debt crisis. we are spending too much. and while we are willing to put revenue on the table, we have to recognize is the spending that's out of control. >> roughly what size spending cuts do you think it would take to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think that at least the promise of spending cuts has to be included in this level deal at this time? >> i don't think there's -- it's productive for either side to lay out hard lines in terms of what the size of the spending cuts
that on to vladimir. >> the thing about jon kyl and me is that after the direction, one -- after the election, when we are out of office, we will be more inflexible. >> this is a great frustration, obviously. you can understand the new president obama, with a different point of view than many of us, hoping that through the dint of his intelligence and personality and different points of view that maybe the russians would be receptive to new approach, which is sort of the anti-bush approach. you can understand why he might think he might succeed at that, and therefore try this out. i am not criticizing him for trying. you could question whether he should recently have come to that conclusion, but nonetheless, he should try that. i hope he is shrewd enough to appreciate that it has failed. it is not likely to succeed because of a variety of reasons. it cannot keep going down a path chasing someone who does not want to have anything to do with you right now without doing some damage to yourself. just to cite one example, the very difficult situation that has been created with the czech republic, with pol
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